US National Security advisor claims Covid-19 came from lab

The Daily Mail reports that senior US National Security officials still believe COVID-19 originated in a Chinese laboratory.

National Security Adviser Matthew Pottinger made the comments during a Zoom conference with UK officials, calling the lab leak theory the most “credible”.

The former China correspondent for The Wall Street Journal indicated Covid-19 had escaped from the Wuhan Institute of Virology, adding “China’s leaders openly admit their previous claims that the virus originated in a Wuhan market are false.”

“Even establishment figures in Beijing have openly dismissed the wet market story,” Pottinger explained, suggesting instead that the pathogen could have emerged by a “leak or an accident”.

The Deputy National Security Advisor also dismissed the upcoming World Health Organization investigation into the outbreak as a distraction.

“MPs around the world have a moral role to play in exposing the WHO investigation as a Potemkin exercise,” Pottinger insisted.

Former Tory leader Iain Duncan-Smith said Pottinger’s claims were supported by a Wuhan Institute whistleblower who has given information to the US National Security agency.

“I was told the US have an ex-scientist from the laboratory in America at the moment,” Duncan-Smith said on the call.

“I was led to believe this is how they have been able to stiffen up their position on how this outbreak originated.

“The truth is there are people who have been in those labs who maintain that this (the lab leak theory) is the case. We don’t know what they have been doing in that laboratory. They may well have been fiddling with bat coronaviruses and looking at them and they made a mistake. I’ve spoken to various people who believe that to be the case.”

The Wuhan lab had held a coronavirus that was 96.2 per cent similar to Covid-19 for almost a decade, with previous reports suggesting the laboratory had been tampering with viruses to make them more infectious.

One director at the lab says staff there are being made scapegoats by western commentators, in what he claims are “dangerous conspiracy theories.”

After sustained criticism last year, the WHO reversed its August decision to avoid visiting the Wuhan lab as part of investigations into the origin of Covid-19, but the health authority’s enquiry has still not commenced a year later.

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